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CDC unveils business loan program

While the summer has been good to most businesses in Pagosa, there are still organizations out there that are looking to expand their business or even get one off the ground.

The difficulty these days is most often limited funds for lending. Individual business owners now have another avenue for small business loans under $25,000. These loans can be used for new capital, growth objectives, facility improvement or expansion.

The loans have been made available through Region 9 Economic Development and the Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation (CDC) and will be managed in their current format. A local lending group will review loan applications and make sure that certain financial and business strategies are in place and in line with Region 9’s current loan structure.

Individuals interested in pursuing this lending source can contact Rich Lindblad, executive director of the Pagosa Springs CDC. The new CDC offices will be located in the Country Center Plaza next to the UPS store. You can also obtain an application or find out more about this loan program by contacting Rich at info@pagosaspringscdc.org, or call 731-1443.

Board nominations

There is still time to submit your name for the open slate of candidates for the Chamber Board of Directors. There will be a slate of six candidates presented to the Chamber membership in December and elections will conclude at the annual meeting in mid-January.

The board of director term runs for a three-year period. Requirements consist of attendance at a monthly meeting and at other meetings and events, as scheduled. The Chamber board seeks to have a wide range of business representation and talents. If you are interested in running for the board of directors, contact the Chamber for a nomination form or go online to the Chamber website. The form is located under the Membership tab and Membership News. Fill out the form and get it to the Chamber by Monday, Oct. 24. You can also obtain information about the board from the Chamber at 264-2360. We look forward to hearing from you.

Marketing for Smarties

The biannual Marketing for Smarties class has been postponed just a few weeks.

The new start date is Nov. 1.

The course will still consist of three, three-hour sessions. The cost of the program is $149 and includes all materials.

The Marketing for Smarties class is an intensive target-marketing course that can help your business identify relevant marketing strategies, target and niche marketing avenues.

This course is offered through the SBDC out of Fort Lewis College. For more information, contact Marcy Mitchell, this semester’s facilitator, at 731-6325, or through the SBDC offices at 247-7009.

‘Alzheimer’s Whisperers’

On Thursday, Oct. 27, Visiting Angels will host “Alzheimer’s Whisperers.” This is an award-winning documentary about Alzheimer’s disease.

Families struggling with this disease or those who would like to learn more about the disease should plan to attend and discover a way to understand those that are locked behind this debilitating memory loss.

The documentary will be shown at the Liberty Theater and is free. The doors open at 6 p.m., with the movie beginning at 6:30.

Snowbird activities

As we enjoy the last vestiges of Indian summer sitting outside at our favorite restaurant patio or at a backyard barbecue, we hear some of our friends and neighbors saying good-bye as the snow threatens to fly. There are certainly many activities at this time of year for everyone to enjoy here in our community and in surrounding towns. Get out your calendars and enjoy this stunning time of year.

OktoberFest. The festive Archuleta Senior, Inc. OktoberFest will take place this Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Ross Aragon Community Center. Enjoy traditional bratwurst with all the fixins’, potato salad and other German fare. There will also be children’s meals with hot dogs and drinks. Regional fall fest brews will also be available for purchase. There will be live music, dancing and a silent auction. Tickets are $20 for adults in advance, $12 for volunteers or Archuleta Seniors and $5 for children. The tickets are available at the Chamber, the community center and Treasures from the Past.

Trick or treat. The annual Community Center Halloween Carnival takes place on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 3-5 p.m. There will be games, trophies, prizes, lots of candy and great treats. This is a fun event for the whole family. One of the best parts of the event is the costumes. Come out and volunteer; donations either monetarily or in candy increments are encouraged and accepted. For more information about the Halloween Carnival, you can call the community center at 264-4152.

November is upon us

The first Saturday in November always brings us the Pagosa Women’s Civic Club Holiday Bazaar. This year, the bazaar celebrates its 37th anniversary. There will be crafts, gifts, goodies and much more. This is always a great way to get into the spirit of your holiday shopping.

The bazaar will take place at the Ross Aragon Community Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Inquiries can be directed to the center at 264-4152.

Fall fashion fund-raiser

The first weekend in November brings us a fashion weekend presented by Happy Trails. On Thursday, Nov. 3, at 6 p.m. there will be a fashion show at the Ross Aragon Community Center featuring humorist and fashion guru T.J. Reid. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Pagosa Springs Youth Center and the Pagosa Springs Head Start program, to help build a playground. Tickets for the fashion show can be purchased at the Chamber and Happy Trails and are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. For more information, call 264-4260.

Membership

While we have no new members this week, we welcome back a plethora of Chamber renewals, including Pagosa Lumber, otherwise known as Ponderosa Home Center; Pagosa Springs Family Medicine Center; the San Juan Motel; Bruce Spruce Ranch and Pagosa Experience Rentals; Source Gas; Team Pagosa, with Laura Daniels and Chris Hachenburg; Century 21 Valley Realty, with offices in Pagosa Springs and South Fork; Spectrum Construction; and the Taylor Ranch. The non-profit agencies renewing this week include the Pagosa Springs Rotary Club, the Ross Aragon Community Center, American Red Cross, the Pagosa Pregnancy Support Center, and PACK. From the Durango area, Flexible Flyers rafting company renews, and James Bankston renews as a friend of the Chamber.

The Pagosa Perks raffle tickets are selling. Don’t miss your opportunity to win $1,000, $500, or $250 in Pagosa Perks. Keep your money in Pagosa. Tickets are only $5 each or five for $20. They can be purchased at the Chamber, from any staff member, or from any Chamber director. The drawing will be held in one month at the November SunDowner. You can’t win if you don’t enter, and it only takes one ticket to win!

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